“Barangay merely watching PDAF being implemented” – topnotcher PDAF accessing brgy captain Eliot

sept 12-18, 2013

TAGUM CITY- The barangay chairman of the second most populated barangay here topped in getting Priority Development Allocation Fund (PDAF) from congressmen and a senator, accessing a total of P6.1 million during his two terms of serving his current post.
Barangay Visayan Village barangay captain Engr. Ronald “Nono” Eliot said that while he successfully got many PDAF, barangay officials are just consigned in the role of “merely watching and monitoring” particularly the PDAF-funded infrastructure projects being implemented by private contractors.
The PDAF funds he got mostly for hard infrastructure came from Davao del Norte 1st district Congressman Anthony “AGR” del Rosario (P2 million for barangay hall multipurpose building, and drainage), Senator Manny Villar (P1 million for drainage), Bayan Muna (P1 million for brgy. hall multipurpose bldg.), ABA partylist group (P1 million for brgy. hall multipurpose bldg.), Ating Koop (P500,000 day care center), and Coop-Natcco (P300,000 for energization project) and Kalinga partylist group (P300,000 worth of medical goods and services).
“Senator Koko Pimentel’s PDAF for another infra projec for our barangay is coming,” Eliot bared.
He said that the entry of PDAF funds to his barangay starts with barangay officials requesting the congressman or senator. usually through personal representation with them bringing a written proposal.
If the congressman or senator nods to the barangay proposal, later on they would receive written letter from him informing them his identification of the infrastructure project, then next, the implementing agency, say the DPWH, would conduct inspection to the site and prepare the program of works (POW).
The next information the barangay would have is a copy of the SARO (Special Allotment Release Order) from Dept. of Budget and Management, and then they know from DPWH the schedule of the bidding.
The bidding is next held under the DPWH district engineering office’s calling and system but “in here we are not present during the bidding,” he said.
Next, the barangay would then learn of the Notice to Proceed issued by the DPWH to the winning contractor, and “we will just see and monitor the project being implemented by the contractor,” barangay captain Eliot bared.
At times though the barangay’s proposal during the project implementation is entertained, and hence a change or deviation order is effected.
When the project is completed, the barangay would then issue a certification accepting the project.
After all those accessing efforts he made, Eliot is now about to inaugurate the P5-million two-storey multi-purpose barangay hall project that he started in 2011.
He said there is no question on PDAF in his barangay.
But he proposed that in order for the PDAF “to be transparent, much clearer and easy to be monitored, it should go directly to the local government unit, while project identification should be itemized with identified beneficiaries like the particular barangays.“
He added that LGUs have already specific priority projects and plans identified and made by barangay development councils to which the PDAF can easily match.
“In this case mas klaro ang PDAF ug dali ra mamonitor kay daghan mang mata ang nagtan-aw, and misuse is avoided (PDAF becomes much clearer and can easily be monitored because many eyes are watching it and misuse is avoided),” Kapitan Eliot said. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

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